I’m not sure what country singer Faith Hill (above) wants the National Rifle Association to tell the The Truth About Guns. Stop hectoring us for not reaching out to minority communities? Don’t slate us for legitimizing and empowering ATF bureaucrats? Shut up about our support for the NFA? Not gonna happen…the NRA’s PR flacks blacklisted TTAG a long time ago.
Anyway, in a highly edited Q&A Billboard cover story, Ms. Hill reacted to the Las Vegas spree killing by calling for a new “assault weapons” ban . . .
In reference to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we knew a lot of people there. The doctors that [treated] the wounded, they saw wounds like you’d see in war. That’s not right. Military weapons should not be in the hands of civilians. It’s everyone’s responsibility, including the government and the National Rifle Association, to tell the truth. We all want a safe country.
Ms. Hill’s partner, country singer Tim McGraw, had this to say about that:
“Look, I’m a bird hunter — I love to wing-shoot . . . However, there is some common sense that’s necessary when it comes to gun control. They want to make it about the Second Amendment every time it’s brought up. It’s not about the Second Amendment.”
Which is another way of saying “pay no attention to that natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms behind that curtain.”
Generally speaking, country singers support the RKBA — if only because their rural audience does so with a passion undimmed. Hill and McGraw’s willingness to promote gun control probably reflects a deep personal commitment to civilian disarmament that flies in the face of their commercial interests, rather than a shift in their audience’s support for firearms freedom. Here’s hoping.